Students in KayLee Parson’s art class completed color wheel projects March 16 at Falcon Middle School. The seventh-graders researched buildings around the world and specific skylines to prepare for the project, which had a focus on perspective. Parson gave them the freedom to choose which buildings they drew, which she said helped them to take more ownership of the project.
“She gives us challenging projects because she knows we can do it,” said seventh-grader Sydney Moore, 12.
Music filled the art room as the students worked on their color wheels, creating an upbeat environment. Students submit song requests to Parson, who reviews and approves them before class. “They know it’s a reward,” she says. Parson made her way around the art room, guiding students through the project, sometimes sharing smiles and laughter with them.
Parson explained the importance of art classes, where students can learn communication skills, problem solving, and hand eye coordination. She said the class gives her a chance to get to know the students and build relationships with them. “Instead of me telling them what to do, I get to sit down and create art with them,” she said.